The Parenthood Priority Scheme (PPS) provides priority allocation to first-timer married couples with a citizen child below the age of 16 (including those expecting a child) for BTO/SBF flats to better meet their housing needs. They must also have satisfied all other eligibility conditions in buying a new HDB flat.
Under the Parenthood Priority Scheme, HDB will set aside a fixed quota reserving up to 30% of BTO flats and 50% of SBF flats for first-timer married couples with a citizen child aged below 16 years old (including those expecting a child).
There is no change in the proportion of flat supply set aside for all first-timers. After setting aside flats under the PPS for first-timers with children, (including those who are expecting a child) the balance of the flat supply will still be set aside for all first-timers.
If the number of applicants applying for the Parenthood Priority Scheme exceeds the flats set aside for them, unsuccessful PPS applicants will also have another chance in balloting for a new flat with all other first-timers.
The main objective of the Parenthood Priority Scheme is to help first-timers with children to buy their first home. Hence, second-timers with children will not be eligible under PPS.
First-timer applicants comprise mainly various groups such as fiancé-fiancée couples, married couples with no children, and married couples with children. Amongst these, married couples with children typically have the greatest housing need. Hence, they are given more priority over the other first-timer applicants.
The Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme (PPHS) provides rental flats at selected sites to first-timer married couples, who need interim housing to support their family needs while they wait for the completion of their new HDB flats.
To qualify for a PPHS flat, a married couple must:
(a) have signed the Agreement for Lease of an uncompleted flat offered under the Build-To-Order (BTO) or Sale of Balance Flats (SBF) exercise;
(b) form a first-timer citizen household in the BTO/SBF application;
(c) not be owners of an existing HDB flat, except if they are co-owners of the existing flat with other family members and undertake to relinquish their ownership in the existing flat within six months after taking possession of the PPHS flat.
The applicant must be a Singapore Citizen at the point of application for the PPHS or BTO/SBF flat.
The applicant must be at least 21 years old at the point of application for the PPHS or BTO/SBF flat.
There is no income ceiling for as the PPHS is intended to support the temporary housing needs of households who have booked an uncompleted BTO/SBF flat.
As the stock of PPHS flats is limited, the current priority is to avail them to married couples who have booked an uncompleted new HDB flat, and not buyers of DBSS flats or EC units.
HDB will announce details of application exercises. For more information on the PPHS, please visit HDB InfoWeb at www.hdb.gov.sg.
The PPHS flats will not be furnished but will come with basic lightings (fluorescent tubes) and water heater in the kitchen toilet. This is to keep rentals affordable and allow households the flexibility to purchase furnishings that suit their own preferences. For those who require assistance, HDB can provide a list of companies that they can approach to lease the furniture and appliances .
Only applicants and occupiers who are listed in the same application for the new HDB flat and who are not owners of an existing flat can be occupiers of the PPHS flat.
It will be made known to households at the point of applications and signing of tenancy agreements that they are not allowed to sublet the flat or bedrooms. Unauthorised subletting carries the following penalties:
a. Recovery of PPHS flat
b. Cancellation of their booking of the BTO/SBF flat
c. Debarment period for application of subsidised HDB flat
d. Financial penalties
HDB will conduct regular tenancy inspections to ensure proper occupation of the PPHS flats .
You will be allowed to rent the PPHS flat until your new HDB flat is ready for occupation, subject to the availability of the use of the PPHS site. Should the site be required for redevelopment before your new flat is ready, HDB may allocate you another PPHS flat, if available.
The durations of availability for the various PPHS sites will be disclosed at each application exercise. Applicants are advised to select a PPHS flat with a duration that best suits their needs.
PPHS supports first-timer married couples who need interim housing arrangements to support their family needs while they wait for the completion of their new HDB flats.
Rental flats offered under the Public Rental Scheme are for low-income needy households who have no other housing options or family support.
Interim Rental Housing flats, like PPHS flats, are for interim use, but Interim Rental Housing targets families in financial hardship who are waiting for or working out their long-term housing solution.
For more details about PPS and PPHS, please visit HDB Infoweb.